Fantasy Football 2011: Early Season Rankings

January 29, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every year, there is a race by Fantasy Football websites to release the rankings for the next season as early as possible. While we plead guilty to following that path in the past, we will employ a different approach this year, as the following have not yet occurred: free agency, the NFL draft and the NFL schedule's release.
All of those items shape how we rank players, and there is no way that we really have a clear, educated idea on how we are going to rank these players before knowing that.
Of course, we know that Adrian Peterson is going to be higher than Jason Snelling, but how would we know whether to put Peterson ahead of Chris Johnson? How do we project where to rank Peyton Hillis until we know who his offensive coordinator and head coach are going to be?
Another glaring example is how Larry Fitzgerald, whom most of us (Fantasy websites) projected as a top-10 pick, finished miserably and miraculously (due to a lack of quarterback play) as the 19th-ranked...

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